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February 2000 News

  • Data problems hit power firm

    IT and data problems have sent the fast-growing electricity and gas supplier Independent Energy to its bankers for extra credit.

  • Council IT boss resigns after whistleblower's alert



    Mike Simons

    The head of IT at Cornwall County Council has resigned following a damning district auditor's report into her...

  • Intel bugged by memory problems



    Matthew Thomas

    Intel's latest chipsets have been plagued with another bug related to memory chips. This will affect some server...

  • IT skills crisis could affect e-government



    Mike Simons

    Government IT departments are suffering a skills crisis that could threaten the cabinet's ambitious plans, announced last...

  • Simplified BCS membership scheme to go live in May



    Enthusiasm for a points system to shorten and simplify the path to BCS professional membership has been so great that the society is now preparing to go live...

  • Recruitment site in personal data leak



    Bill Goodwin

    A leading UK recruitment consultancy this week had to install emergency security measures to block public access to personal...

  • Radical new-look for PCs



    Lindsay Clark

    Hewlett-Packard and Compaq are set to change the face of desktop PCs with the launch of radical new designs. Both suppliers...

  • UK.ITcontractors.com launches margin-free site



    Manchester-based job site UK.ITcontractors.com is providing a free recruitment service to contractors and clients.

    Launched last month, the site...

  • Warning: ITcan damage your health

    This month's IT Direc- tor's Forum at the Cranfield School of Management challenged IT directors to repos-ition stress...

  • Speech interface shows the true potential of handheld computers



    Cliff Saran

    Lernout & Hauspie (L&H) is demonstrating a prototype handheld computer which does not require a stylus, a screen or...

  • Post Office IT supremo quits



    Guy Campos

    The top IT manager in an organisation that employs 2,500 IT professionals has quit to run a team of 180.

    Duncan Hine, director of...

  • IT outpaces the economy



    Paul Mason

    IT budgets grew 18% in the last quarter of 1999 soaring ahead of overall economic growth, which stood at 3%.

    The...

  • IBM-Symbian link up for business Wap tools

    IBM and Symbian have formed an alliance to provide offline business software for mobile phones, writes Guy Campos

  • IBM flexible server for 64-bit Windows



    Cliff Saran

    IBM is developing an IA-64 server capable of running 64-bit versions of Linux, Windows 2000 and the forthcoming 64-bit...

  • MS v Novell over Active Directory



    Matthew Thomas

    Microsoft and Novell are at war over the nature of Active Directory security, a central feature of Windows...

  • New data storage system agreed



    Major computer companies have agreed to develop new technologies for connecting data storage systems in future high-performance computers, writes Matthew...

  • Net-based apps to be built in VB



    Lindsay Clark

    Microsoft has said IT departments will be able to draw on existing skills in Visual Basic to build the next generation of...

  • DTI announces fresh temp-to-perm proposals



    Tina Milton The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has taken a fresh stance on its plans for the Regulation of the Private Recruitment Industry...

  • BNFL automates to prevent false safety checks



    Mike Simons

    British Nuclear Fuels is to automate key parts of its fuel production process to prevent staff manipulating computer data to...

  • Cabinet hires IT help



    Tony Collins

    Independent IT and project management specialists are intervening in Whitehall computer projects in an unprecedented...